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Charter Oak State College Celebrates Constitution Day
September 17th is Constitution Day! Take this opportunity to learn more about this document.

Seeking New Student Alternate Rep to CT's Statewide Student Advisory Committee
Great opportunity to network with students from other institutions and to be part of the discussion on public higher education in CT

Go Back to Get Ahead Registration Event on 8/13
Admissions and financial aid representatives from Charter Oak State College will host a registration event for Go Back to Get Ahead prospective students on Wednesday, August 13th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

Charter Oak State College Commencement set for June 1, U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy to speak
2014 Commencement date, speaker announcement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
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Portfolio Program

Adults learn constantly - on the job, in relationships, through hobbies, life events, reading, travel, and volunteer work. As an adult student, you may have acquired college-level learning outside the traditional college classroom in several areas. The Portfolio Program provides a form of assessment, similar to testing, of what you have learned through your life experience and enables you to demonstrate that your learning is equivalent to a specific college course so you can challenge that course for credit.

The first step in this process is to take the required IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio Development course, an online accelerated three-credit course taught over eight weeks. IDS 102 is designed to help you analyze your experience, relate what you have learned to college courses, and prepare a portfolio to demonstrate that your learning is equivalent to what is taught in a specific course.

Common Elements of Portfolios

  • Course description and learning outcomes to serve as the standard against which your knowledge is measured.
  • Narrative in which you describe what you did, what you learned, how you applied your knowledge, and how it relates to the course learning outcomes.
  • Documentary evidence from a variety of sources to support your claims to knowledge.

Contact the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Office with questions.

Please Note: Portfolios submitted without an approved Portfolio Course Proposal or by students who have not completed Charter Oak's IDS 102: Prior Learning Portfolio Development course will not be accepted and will not be returned. Please do not send any portfolio materials without receiving permission first.